14th April, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: THE THRONE OF DAVID
Isaiah 9:6-7 (NKJV)
 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
We have established in our previous devotion, that, the third Jewish Temple will eventually be built and situated on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Of great significance inside this Temple, will be the throne of David. That is the throne the nation Israel will erect, while awaiting the Christ.
The Prophet Isaiah had prophesied, that, a Child would be born, and a Son would be given; He is the Christ, who will sit upon the throne of David and whose Kingdom will bring everlasting peace. The nation Israel has continuously faced stern opposition and enmity from neighbouring countries, and has therefore looked forward to the emergence of the Christ as their deliverer, who will bring them everlasting peace. When Christ came the first time, they couldn’t recognize Him; they rejected Him and crucified Him. One of the reasons why the nation Israel rejected Jesus as the Christ was that, whereas they expected the Christ to deliver them from servitude to the Romans, He kept talking about His death and resurrection. To them, if Jesus was going to die, then, He wasn’t the Christ. They didn’t have the revelation that the Gentile world was going to be a part of God’s eternal program through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As a result, the nation Israel is still awaiting the emergence of the Christ up till now. To them, Christ hasn’t yet come; they only know of the Second Advent of Christ, but know nothing about His first coming as the sacrificial Lamb.
Indeed, the throne of David is the reserve of the Christ who came, and who will come again! The angel Gabriel spoke the following words to Mary, the mother of Jesus: “ And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.  He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.”
In our next devotion, we will discuss how the setting up of the throne of David in the Temple will infuriate the antichrist, and how that will lead to the great tribulation.